Neal has spent his entire professional career – in both the private and public sectors – at the intersection of business, public affairs and communications. Prior to joining Brunswick, he was Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury from May 2009 until September 2013 – the longest serving in U.S. history – and Acting Secretary of the Treasury in January and February 2013. As Deputy Secretary, Neal served as the Treasury Department’s Chief Operating Officer and supervised all Treasury bureaus and domestic and international policy offices as well as its management, legal, public affairs and congressional affairs functions. He was a key architect of the Obama Administration's financial reform plan and played a critical role on international economic matters, working with finance ministries, central banks and major international financial institutions on economic growth, financial reforms and economic sanctions issues.
Prior to the Treasury, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of the property and casualty insurance companies of The Hartford Financial Services Group, a $20bn Fortune 200 company. He previously oversaw the company’s legal, government affairs, communications, marketing and tax functions.
His government experience also includes time as Deputy Assistant and Deputy Counsel to the President for Economic Policy in the Obama Administration and as General Counsel of the U.S. Treasury and member of the National Security Council staff at the White House in the Clinton Administration.
Neal is a board partner at SocialCapital and an equity partner at Data Collective Venture Capital, both venture capital firms based in northern California. He is also a limited partner advisor to Nyca Partners, a venture capital and advisory firm focused on financial technology.
Neal is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a board member of the Atlantic Council and the Partnership for Public Service.
He graduated from Yale with a B.A. in History and holds a Master of Science in Development Economics from the University of Oxford, as well as a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Neal was appointed as CEO of Brunswick Group in February 2018.